The 15 best baby travel systems 2024

best baby travel systems

by Emily Gilbert |
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Whether you're off for a walk in the woods or popping into town, the best baby travel system makes getting around with your little one easy peasy. Attach the best car seat to the pushchair frame, and you can move your baby from car to pushchair and back again, without disruption.

In general, a travel system consists of a pushchair that is compatible with a Group 0+ car seat, suitable from birth to the age of 12 months. You can easily attach or detach it from the frame, and it will either clip on top of the pushchair seat component or attach directly to the chassis with the seat component removed.

Travel systems for babies often also come with a carrycot attachment, so you can use the pushchair as a lie-flat pram. It's vital when choosing a pushchair for your baby that they can lie flat in it until they're six months old to support the healthy development of their spine and lungs.

Best travel systems at a glance:

Best overall baby travel system overall: Joie Finiti With Sprint - Buy now on John Lewis
Best baby travel system for on the go: Mamas and Papas Ocarro - Buy now on Very
Best for a bundle: Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 - Buy now on Amazon UK
Best baby travel system for assemble: Nuna TRIV Next - Buy now on John Lewis

To help you out, we've picked out our favourites. Every year we thoroughly test and review the best new products on the market, including the best travel systems for babies. We can then bring you comprehensive reviews from real parents who've tried out the travel systems in real life. Our annual Mother&Baby Awards also help us bring you the best advice about current products on the market.

The best baby travel systems 2024

Best overall baby travel system

Award: Won Gold in the Mother&Baby Awards 2023

The Joie Finiti with Sprint bundle is suitable from birth up to 22kg, and includes a pushchair, carrycot and car seat with a base. Our tester loved that it was quick and easy to fold and unfold, and the harness on both items was also really easy to use. The Calmi isn't just a carry cot, it can be used in a car and has the security of a car seat, so there's no need to wake your sleeping baby when they're under six months, moving them from cot to car.

With an extendable UPF50+ canopy, the Joie Finiti pushchair has three backrest positions which allows for a lie-flat position, it can also be folded up with just one hand, which is very useful when you're a busy parent with your hands full.

Our mum tester said: "From the minute the Joie Finiti travel system and Calmi arrived, I was impressed, arriving in just one box each. Quick and easy to build with informative manuals, the included accessories (a cup holder, rain cover and detachable pram organiser) were a nice surprise to have included as standard. The pram is quick and easy to unfold/fold with no need to double over due to the quick release on the seat.

It folds flat with the seat attachment making it quick and easy to put up/pack away if in a rush or in bad weather. The harness is really easy to use on both items and the four various modes this system caters for meant that we could choose the best combination for us for that moment in time. The clever storage pockets built into the Calmi carrycot on both the outside and the inside meant that I was never without a blanket/comforter and could easily and quickly find the items rather than having to rummage in a changing bag."

Read our full Joie Finiti review.

Pros

  • Lightweight to push
  • Ample under-seat storage
  • Durable suspension
  • One hand fold

Cons

  • Canopy doesn't completely cover the seat when fully reclined
Suitable from: Birth-four years old (or 22kg)
Harness: Five-point system
Easy to put together:Yes
Award:Gold
  • Two colour choices
  • Five-point harness system
  • Lockable swivel wheels

Best baby travel system for on the go

Mamas & Papas OcarroLorna White
Price: £1269.99

www.very.co.uk

If the grandparents-to-be are chipping in, or if you've saved hard for a top-of-the-range travel system, we think every penny is well spent on this Mamas and Papas Ocarro travel system. We love the puncture-proof off-road tyres – perfect for rural adventures in style. The reversible, lie-flat pushchair seat ensures maximum comfort during snoozes on the move.

Mother&Baby tester review: "I must admit I do love this pram! I love the fact that you can put it up and down using just one hand which did make my life easier (especially when caught in the rain)! I like the fact the hood comes down quite far but there's a zip to let some air in and a flap to check on your baby as you're pushing (my previous pushchair didn't have this) which does put your mind at ease, especially the first time you put your baby forward facing! Also, the fact that you can fold the pushchair down with the stroller seat on, and it folds down just as neat as it would without the seat is an added bonus as it saves time when out and about in the car! All in all these little features do make a huge difference!"

Read our full Mamas&Papas Ocarro review.

Pros

  • Choice of colours
  • One-hand fold
  • Easy to carry when folded
  • Dual suspension for even terrain

Cons

  • Basket can be difficult to access with larger item
Suitable from:Birth to 22kg
Harness: Five-point
Easy to put together: Yes
Weight:13.7kg
  • Lie-back seat
  • Large extendable hood
  • Puncture-proof tyres
  • Reflective wheel rims
  • Large easy-to-access basket

Best for a bundle

If you've got a little more to spend on a travel system, you'll want to know you're getting more bang for your buck. The Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 ticks that box, and is sturdy and felt safe, according to our reviewer. It's achingly cool and stylish, yet the highly functional design is also great for parents with differing heights, with a fully adjustable handle. With this travel system, you'll get the carrycot, seat unit, i-Size car seat and Isofix base, raincover, footmuff and changing bag, all included in the price.

Mother&Baby tester review: "This pushchair was a pleasure to use! It was sturdy and felt safe. It steered well and collapsed relatively easily. It reclined nicely and the sunshade was large enough to provide good cover for my daughter. This was a great feature. I have a dog, and it pushed surprisingly well on grass and pebbles whilst walking her. The handle positioning was easy to adjust and great for my husband who is tall.

Read our full Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition All in One Travel System with Isofix Base review.

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • Easy to connect to the car
  • Trendy
  • Lightweight
  • Quite compact once folded
  • Useful extras included

Cons

  • Our parent testers found it hard to fold down
Suitable from:Birth to 15kg
Harness type: Five-point
Easy to put together:Yes
Weight:6.5kg
  • 4 seating positions
  • Forward or rear-facing
  • Puncture proof tyres
  • Adjustable handle height

Best baby travel system for assemble

Nuna TRIV NextRobyn Cann

The Nuna TRIV Next was awarded Gold for Best Travel System at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

Another travel system that really looks and handles well, the Nuna TRIV Next, was a hit with our tester, who found it easy to assemble and was impressed at how simple it was to change the positions. The all-season seat keeps your baby warm in winter and converts to breathable mesh in summer, while the rain cover provides extra protection no matter the weather. This travel system is also compact when folded and will stay standing by itself, which is a huge bonus to many.

Our mum tester said: "The assembly process of the pushchair was so easy, I was able to assemble the pushchair alone at 40+2 weeks pregnant. I also tried out a few of the different seat positions, and changing to the collapsible carrycot the first time I set it up and I was really impressed with how simple that was to do. It all felt very good quality, especially the stylish colour scheme of black, really set off by the brown leatherette handle and front bar."

Read our full Nuna TRIV Next review

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use and super straightforward assemble
  • Great colour scheme

Cons

  • Suspension isn't great
  • Travel cot hood cover is hard to get zipped up
Recommended use:Suitable from birth to 22 kg
Weight:8.72 kg
Dimensions:L 85 x W 57.5 x H 105.5 cm
Folded:L 31.5 x W 57.5 x H 69 cm
  • Compact fold: Folds up quickly with one hand and stands on its own, making it simple to use out-and-about as well as store away.
  • All-wheel suspension: Spring suspension seat technology, all-wheel suspension and large tough, foam-filled rear wheels mean you're ready for smooth rides.
  • Travel system compatible: simply attach any infant carrier to the included post adapter and customise the tilt to baby's needs. It also easily converts to a pram with the included post adapter, compatible with the TRIV series carry cot.

Best baby travel system for quick interchanges

Venicci Upline 3in1Robyn Cann

The Venicci Upline 3in1 + Isofix Base Travel System was awarded Silver for Best Travel System at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

If you're looking for a travel system to use in towns or cities, then the Venicci Upline 3in1 + Isofix Base Travel System could be what you're looking for. Our tester thought it was easy to use and folded down really small, even fitting into a small car with room to spare. This product has a long lifespan, lasting from birth to four years, and comes with a carrycot, seat unit, car seat (with adapters), changing bag, foot muff, insect netting and rain covers.

Our mum tester said: "This is a great travel system for towns and cities. It was really easy to put together with clear instructions and it’s easy and quick to interchange the different components. The pushchair and bassinet are great, folding down nice and small so that they fit easily even in a small car such as a Fiesta, with a bit of room to spare!"

Read our full Venicci Upline 3in1 + Isofix Base Travel System review.

Pros

  • Modern design and luxurious finish
  • Water-repellent fabric
  • Large with solid wheels
  • Cozy footmuff included
  • Adjustable footrest

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Seat unit can be folded in rear and forward-facing position when attached to the frame.
  • Cozy footmuff included
  • Adjustable footrest
  • Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping
  • Quick, one-hand fold
  • Additional suspension
  • Compact size and lightweight

Best baby travel system for simplicity

Award: Won Silver in the Mother&Baby Awards 2023

The Venicci Tinum SE Stylish Black 3in1 travel system won a silver award at the 2023 M&B Awards, and with good reason. One reviewer said she loved the one-hand fold, and how it was compact too. It has a lightweight frame, easy-to-fold mechanism and modern design, as well as having a pram, car seat and carrycot included, it comes complete with all the accessories needed to make going out and about with your little one as easy as possible. These include a footmuff, changing bag with mat, rain cover and mosquito net.

One mum said: "This product is extremely user-friendly. Everything about the pushchair is easy to do, with strong smooth mechanisms. The pushchair seat and bassinet are both really easy to attach and detach. Everything feels great quality. It is so easy to fold and unfold the pushchair with one hand and there is no need to remove the seat which is so handy for me. The fold is nice and compact too which is great and it stands freely. The nice big chunky wheels make it great for all terrain and it is really smooth to push."

Read our full Tinum SE Stylish Black 3in1 review.

Pros

  • One-handed folding
  • Looks stylish

Cons

  • Some mums struggled at first to attach the car seat to the base
Suitable from: Birth to 22kg
Harness:Five-point system
Easy to put together:Most of the time
Award: Silver
  • 360-degree spin front wheels
  • Three-position adjustable reclining pushchair seat
  • Three-position adjustable footrest

Best baby travel system for easy use

Award: Won Gold in the Mother&Baby Awards 2022

Kinderkraft EVERYDAY is a multifunctional 2-in-1 baby stroller with a large carrycot (with a handle) and a soft mattress; it has bamboo viscose fibres in the cover for good ventilation and antibacterial properties. Our reviewer loved that it has good suspension and is easy to use on different terrains. Together with the Kiddy Evoluna car seat, this makes a comprehensive travel system and the car seat lies flat, both inside and outside the car.
*At the time of writing, the travel system which won our award was no longer available, but we have linked through to the 2-in-1 pushchair.

Mother&Baby tester review: "This is a great pram to use as the bassinet sits higher up than others. This means it is easier to see the baby and also lift them in and out. It has good suspension and is relatively easy to use on different terrains. The sunshade is excellent and clips on to the hood and base of the bassinet meaning good shade cover. There is a useful cupholder and also storage pocket within the bassinet for keys/phones etc."

Read our full EVERYDAY 3-in-1 Pushchair review.

Pros

  • Easy to use and adjust
  • Stylish
  • Spacious basket
  • Good suspension for different terrains

Cons

  • Quite heavy
  • Doesn't come with anything to hold the stroller in place once folded to keep it compact
Suitable from:Birth to 22kg
Harness:Five-point
Easy to put together: Yes
Weight: Seat: 4.5kg, Frame: 9.8kg, Carrycot: 5.9kg
Award: Gold
  • AUTO-LOCK after folding
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Telescopic handle with 3-step adjustment
  • Central foot brake

Best baby travel system for newborns

Silver Cross ReefAshley Blattner

The Silver Cross Reef pushchair is an multi-terrain travel system, which is suitable from newborn to 22kg. Our reviewer thought the system was well-designed and sturdy and loved the one-hand fold, but one downside is its weight. This might be an issue for those who have had a c-section, or struggle moving heavier objects out of a car boot. However, the car seat is very sturdy and comfortable and was a hit with the tester's baby.

Mother&Baby tester review: "If you find that you are comfortable with the weight then you would be hard-pressed to find a better travel system out there. It is very well designed, intuitive to use, safe, sturdy, secure, user-friendly and very good to look at."

Read our full Silver Cross Reef pushchair review.

Pros

  • Feels safe and sturdy
  • Looks and feels luxurious
  • Well-designed and user-friendly

Cons

  • Heavy
Suitable from: Newborn to 22kg (approx. 4 years)
Easy to put together: Yes
Weight:Chassis: 8kg Seat: 4.5kg
  • Features the Genius™ harness system with magnetic buckle
  • Sustainable outer fabrics
  • Vegan leather handle
  • Large, easy-to-access basket with a 5kg capacity
  • One-handed fold

Best baby travel system for style

Fox 5Emily Gilbert

If you're looking for something that uses sustainable products, then the Bugaboo Fox 5 could be the right travel system for you. It is a versatile and stylish solution for parents seeking a premium pushchair. Our tester loved its lightweight design, and it seamlessly transitions between a comfortable carrycot for infants and a reversible seat for older children. The Bugaboo Fox 5 features a robust chassis, all-terrain wheels, and adjustable suspension for a smooth ride. Its modular design and high-quality materials make it a top choice for modern, active parents.

Dad tester Ashley said: "It is impeccably well-designed, managing to be both totally functional and stylish. The fact that sustainable products have been used to manufacture it is a huge plus point in this modern age. The suspension system makes the ride silky smooth and coupled with the lightness and quality steering makes it very easy to push and manoeuvre."

Read our full Bugaboo Fox 5 review.

Pros

  • Stylish appearance
  • Lightweight but strong
  • Brilliant steering and handling
  • Fits into the boot without removing the seat

Cons

  • Can be difficult to first put together
Pushchair weight:10.4 - 12.2 kg
Age range:From birth to approx. 4 years old (max. 22 kg/50 lbs)
Wheels:Front wheels: 22 cm/8.5 in - Rear wheels: 30 cm/12 in
Handlebar height:92 - 108 cm
Seat:Width: 39 cm - Length: 50 cm (extendable by 10 cm with the canopy and footrest)
Seat capacity:22 kg/50 lbs
Basket:10 kg
Two-piece compact fold:89 x 53 x 34 cm
One-piece self-standing fold:44 x 60 x 90 cm
Unfolded dimensions:93 x 60 x 105 cm
  • One-hand fold with a self-standing design
  • Reversible seat can extend by 10 cm
  • Large puncture-proof wheels & advanced suspension
  • Sturdy yet lightweight

Best baby travel system for vibrant design

One thing about Cosatto products is you can never call them boring. Their fun designs are perfectly eye-catching for parents and kiddies too, and this travel system, the Cosatto Giggle 3in1 Travel System & Accessories Bundle, is no different. The bundle includes the chassis, convertible pram to seat unit, car seat (with adaptors) and raincover. Our tester thought it was brilliant for the price, but would have liked a larger basket and felt the rails scratched too easily.

Mother&Baby tester review: "I am very pleased with my pram. It looks amazing and it is easy to drive. I have tried it so far on the pavement but went off-road too. My little one loves to observe cute foxes inside. There is only a couple of downsides: rails are a little too easy to scratch and the basket could be bigger. However I highly recommend this pram, you can't get a better design at this price. Love it!"

Pros

  • Fun design
  • Three wheels for easy manoeuvrability
  • Lightweight chassis
  • UPF100+ protection sunshade hood

Cons

  • Storage basket could be bigger
Suitable from:Birth to 13kg/29lbs
Harness:Five-point
Easy to put together:May take some getting used to
Weight:15.6kg
  • Multi-recline duo-directional seat
  • Flat-folding lightweight chassis
  • Stitched leatherette handle
  • Quick-release removable wheels
  • 4 position recline

Best baby travel system for excellent storage

Joie versatraxRobyn Cann

The Joie Versatrax is another stylish travel system, which is free-standing when folded. Appealing to those who are eco-conscious, this travel system is made from 153 recycled bottles. It comprises of a carrycot, infant carrier and stroller, and was easy to push according to our tester. Along with the travel system, you'll get a raincover, bumper bar, cupholder and adapters.

Mother&Baby tester review: "My son found this buggy really comfortable and had no problems falling and staying asleep in it. I found it really easy to push and liked the colour and materials used, it felt really stylish. I particularly liked the large basket that was easy to access and the fact that the buggy was really easy to push and was a smooth ride for my son."

Read our full Joie Versatrax review.

Pros

  • Comfy
  • Easy to use
  • Large basket
  • Sturdy build
  • Excellent foldability
  • Carry handle included

Cons

  • Not as easy to adjust compared to other prams
  • Quite big in size
Suitable from:Birth to 22kg
Harness type:Five-point
Easy to put together:Yes
Weight:11.7kg
  • Rearward and forward-facing seat
  • One-hand, instant flash fold mechanism
  • Extendable UPF50+ and water-repellent canopy
  • Adjustable calf support
  • All-wheel suspension with fake air tyres

Best stream-lined baby travel system

The Maxi-Cosi Zelia Luxe 2 pushchair is the perfect 2-in-1 pushchair for cool, relaxed city living. This travel system can fit into a small flat without compromising your baby's comfort, and is suitable for newborn to 4 years. The Maxi-Cosi Zelia 2 pushchair is the second version of the Maxi-Cosi Zelia stroller, which won bronze in the Mother&Baby Awards in 2019. Our testers thought it was better suited as a second pushchair, as it wasn't as robust as some of the market, and more suited to a city environment.

Mother&Baby Tester review: "I really loved the Zelia Travel System. It was lovely to steer and push and easy to slot into place. I especially like that it is suitable for all ages. I like that I have the option to use it if I were to have another child with the Pebble Plus car seat. This is a bonus as it's so much easier to have it all as one rather than separate car seats and buggies."

Read our full Maxi-Cosi Zelia review.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Comfy and cosy
  • Stylish
  • Easy to use
  • Fairly compact fold
  • Rain cover included

Cons

  • Could be sturdier
Suitable from:Birth to four-years
Harness type:Five-point
Easy to put together:Yes
Weight:10.25kg
  • Integrated carrycot
  • One-hand fold
  • Large basket
  • Baby car seat adapters are included

Best all-in-one baby travel system

Award: Won Silver in the Mother&Baby Awards 2023

Another travel system with a one-hand fold, loved by our reviewers, is the Ickle Bubba Eclipse. This travel system won the silver M&B award last year and with good reason. Our reviewers found it to be appealing to look at with easy-clean fabrics and a very spacious basket. They also said they would definitely recommend it because it is reasonably priced and features everything you might need. A brilliant addition is the Bubba Board, a built-in board, which can hold another child weighing up to 20kg.

Mother&Baby tester review: "The pram is very easy to fold up (with one hand) and unfold. The under pram basket is very spacious. But in addition to this, the change bag that comes with the pram is also huge and attaches neatly on the back. Easy to access both the change bag and basket on the go. The pram is very stable - even with a full change bag attached to the back, it did not tip when my toddler was stood up in the seat." 

Read our full Ickle Bubba Eclipse review.

Pros

  • Easy to clean and use
  • Simple to fold
  • Spacious storage basket
  • Stable
  • Adjustable

Cons

  • Quite heavy
  • Could do with a handlebar brake
Suitable from:Birth to 22kg
Harness: Five-point
Easy to put together:  Yes
Weight: 8.6kg (chassis with wheels)
Award: Silver

Best trending baby travel system

The BabaBing! Raffi looks stylish, and one reviewer thought that it was amazing quality for the price. However, this travel system doesn't come with a car seat, which would be an extra cost. But it does come with a number of accessories, as well as the carrycot and seat unit, it also comes with a 2-in-1 raincover, a waterproof footmuff and car seat adapters.

One review said: "The Raffi Pushchair is perfect for my little one due this year, and such amazing quality for the price. Everything comes with it which makes life so much easier, its easy to use and has a nice sturdy frame but isn't too heavy. I really love it, and can't wait to use it."

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy one-hand fold
  • Generous storage basket
  • Reasonably lightweight

Cons

  • None
Suitable from:Birth to 15kg
Harness type:Five-point
Easy to put together:Yes
Weight: 12.5kg
  • Easy one-handed folding
  • Forward- and rear-facing seat
  • Anti-reflux carrycot with 3-position incline/recline
  • 2-in-1 rain and sun cover
  • Made with recycled fabrics

Best baby travel system for a compact fold

best-travel-system-for-babies-belgravia-my-babiie
Price: £399.99

mybabiie.com

Award: Won Bronze in the Mother&Baby Award2022

The Rose Gold Marble Belgravia Travel System was designed with celeb mum Dani Dyer as part of her Cherish range. It's design adapts as your family grows and includes a bassinet which can attach to the stroller frame for family strolls and fresh air, eventually progressing to the reversible seat.

Like the Ickle Bubba, it comes with a built-in buggy board for tots and detachable wheels for compact storage at home or on the go. It is also really well priced for such a versatile product, and folds down to a compact size, perfect when you have a lot to fit in your boot!

Mother&Baby tester review: "This travel system is amazing. It's so easy to put up and fold with one hand, and switch between seat styles, which is everything you need In a travel system. The fact it all comes as a package and you don't need to worry about finding the correct accessories anywhere else, the box has it all. The shopping basket being large with zips is a godsend."

Read our full Dani Dyer Rose Gold Marble Belgravia Travel System review.

Pros

  • Compact fold
  • Easy to use and fold
  • Larger seat for prolonged use
  • Stunning style

Cons

  • Could be sturdier
  • Some parents didn't even consider it gender-neutral in design
Suitable from: Birth to 22kg
Harness: Five-point
Weight:18kg
Award:Bronze
  • Height adjustable push handle
  • Multi-position reclining seat with 5-point harness
  • 2 position adjustable and extendable leg rest
  • 3 position, extendable canopy with viewing window

What to look for in the best travel system

Convenience is the main benefit, as you can transfer your baby to and from a pushchair without removing them from their car seat. This is less disruptive for your child and saves time and stress. A travel system is often more expensive and sometimes bulkier than a standard pushchair, so it's only worthwhile if a car is your main form of transport.

It's important to keep in mind that different travel systems are compatible with different car seats, although there is some crossover. The most important thing about buying the best travel system is to make sure it will fit in your car.

Here are some things to look out for when considering your purchase.

Shopping basket

A big basket is essential! It should be large enough to hold everything you need when you're out with your baby, including the rain cover and your baby changing bag. The basket should be accessible, even when the carrycot is attached, or the pushchair seat is fully reclined.

Seat recline

The recommended sleeping position for babies is flat on their back, so a pushchair seat that reclines fully flat is a must for naps in the pushchair. It should be easy (and quiet!) to adjust with your baby in the seat.

Handles

A height-adjustable handlebar ensures the pushchair is comfortable for you, your partner or anyone else who might use it regularly. Check that it's easy to adjust and comfortable to hold.

Car seat

Is the car seat included in the price, or do you have to buy it separately? Factor in the price of the base, too, and don't forget car-seat adaptors to attach it to the chassis.

Carrycot

Babies shouldn't sit in car seats for more than two hours at a time - we've looked at the research into how long a baby should stay in a car seat - including when it's attached to a pushchair chassis. Choose a travel system with a comfy lie-flat carrycot. Your baby will outgrow it by six months old, so check how bulky it is to store – some are cleverly designed to convert to an upright seat.

Baby travel system
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Seat direction

A travel system with a reversible seat unit means you can choose which way your baby faces. A parent-facing seat encourages your baby's communication skills, but an inquisitive toddler might prefer to face where they're going. There are regulations and advice on how to keep your baby rear-facing for longer.

Accessories

Some travel systems come with coordinating accessories such as a footmuff or change bag. Think about which ones you actually need and whether they're included in the price.

Fold mechanism

A travel system will be in and out of your car boot. Choose one that's compact and easy to fold, leaving room for shopping or luggage.

Brake

The brake should be comfortably positioned and easy to operate without the risk of applying it by accident or scuffing your shoes. Check how reliable it feels and whether it's easy to release.

Wheels

All-terrain wheels make for easy manoeuvrability on muddy walks. Smaller, solid wheels make light work of city pavements and shiny shop floors. If you're likely to switch between different types of terrain, go for lockable, swivel wheels.

Do I need a baby travel system?

A baby travel system can be convenient has they come with all the travel essentials you need for your baby. They are often good value, however if you buy an ISOFIX car seat to stay in your car, you wouldn't need a travel system that comes with a car seat.

What other things do I need to consider when buying a baby travel system?

Not all infant car seats can be attached to all pushchairs, and you may need to buy adaptors. If you'd prefer an i-Size car seat, which sits your baby in the safer rear-facing position until they are at least 15 months old, you'll need to choose a pushchair frame that's compatible. If you want to keep your child rear-facing in the car beyond 15 months, you'll need an extended rear-facing car seat. However, these are designed to stay in your car, so a travel system isn't an option.

The car seat will either clip on top of the pushchair's seat component or attach directly to the chassis with the seat component removed. Adapters are sometimes required to fix the car seat onto the pushchair or chassis. Check if these are included. If they aren't, find out what the additional cost will be.

What about the pushchair?

A travel system often has a seat component that enables it to be used as a 'normal' pushchair. Many mums use the car seat clipped into the frame when their baby is very young, using the larger seat component as their little one grows. If you intend to keep your newborn in the pushchair for long periods, you will need a travel system with a fully reclining seat component.

Newborns should only remain in car seats for a few hours at a time, as lying horizontally is better for their breathing and healthy spine development. Some travel systems also offer the option of a pram-style carrycot. While this can add expense, the carrycot can double as a Moses basket and portable travel cot.

Can you use a travel system for toddlers?

Only Group 0+ car seats will fit on the travel system. These will be outgrown at around 12-15 months. Most mums will continue to use the travel system with the seat component fitted after that.

For toddlers, a seat that reclines for naps is useful, but it doesn't have to be fully horizontal. Some pushchair seats are reversible, so your baby can face you, to begin with, but face outwards to get a better view of the world as they get older. For older children, you may want to look into the best car seat for 4-year-olds.

How easy is it to fold?

All travel systems fold up so that they can be stowed in a car boot. Try out the folding mechanism in the shop – your 'tricky' might be another person's 'easy'. Consider that you may sometimes need to hold your baby while you fold and unfold the chassis. You'll also have to lift the folded pushchair chassis in and out of the car boot, so consider its weight – anything over 10kg could be a struggle.

How big is your car boot?

Travel systems are more compact than ever, but some models are still pretty bulky to allow for all the extra functionality they offer. Before you buy one, check it fits in your car boot. You can always remove the carrycot or seat unit from the chassis and store it on your back seat. Although, this will limit space in your car for other passengers.

Can I use a second hand travel system?

While it can be perfectly fine to use a second hand travel system, it is not advised to use a second hand car seat unless you are absolutely sure that it has never been in an accident.

It would be advisable to only use second hand if it's from a very close relative or friend.

What is the difference between a 2in1 and 3in1 travel system?

A 3in1 travel system includes a car seat, carry cot and a pushchair all on the same frame, where as a 2in1 would only include the car seat and pushchair.

The bonus to both is that they are interchangeable with a car seat, which can be handy when you're out of the house and don't want to disturb your baby if they fall asleep.

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